costive

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French costivé, ultimately from Latin constipatus ‘constipated’.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

costive

  1. constipated
  2. miserly, parsimonious

Quotations[edit]

constipated (figurative)
  • 2005, Alan Hollinghurst, The Line of Beauty, Bloomsbury Publishing, paperback edition, page 346:
    Melanie, who was used to Wani's costive memos, and even to dressing up the gist of a letter in her own words, stuck out her tongue in concentration as she took down Nick's old-fashioned periods and perplexing semicolons.